Double Row Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Overview
A double-row arthroscopic rotator cuff repair for rotator cuff injuries is an arthroscopic shoulder surgery that can improve the overall quality of the rotator cuff restoration process.
The double row arthroscopic procedure is a newer technique in arthroscopic surgery and has become increasingly popular due to improved instruments, surgeon skill and comfort level. Dr. Peter Millett performs the double row arthroscopic surgery on patients who have more severe rotator cuff tears or when this type of repair is needed to provide extra stability for their specific tear.
What is a Rotator Cuff Repair for Severe Rotator Cuff Tears?
This technique uses minimally-invasive, keyhole surgery to repair torn rotator cuff tendons. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is not only less invasive, but also decreases the risks of post-operative complications such as muscle injury, stiffness, or infection. Double-row repair refers to an anatomic restoration of the original rotator cuff ‘footprint’ (the exact size, shape and makeup of the rotator cuff). A single-row arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery, while effective for many patients, does not re-establish the normal footprint anatomy. The double-row technique uses keyhole surgery to repair the tendons to their natural anatomy using a double-row of sutures rather than just a single row.
While more technically challenging for the surgeon, ‘double row’ creates a more secure repair and is less painful for the patient who will have an overall better potential for healing of the torn tendons.